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Recent Graduate Wins Teacher of the Year Award

Released: 09.04.14

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Matthew graduated from the University of St Mark & St John in 2011 with a BEd Primary Education (with QTS) and went on to become a teacher at Mount Charles Primary School.

In May 2012 we heard the devastating news that he was in a coma after being in a car accident. Matthew had to learn to walk, talk and read again.

But his determination to recover was greater than his problems. He astonished colleagues, children and their parents by his rapid recovery, to the point where parent Deborah Antonio nominated him for Pirate FM’s Local Heroes Awards 2014.

Now it has been announced that he won the category Teacher of the Year Award. You can watch the ceremony at

Matthew Tooke said, ‘I was surprised and humbled when I found out that I had won the award. It made me feel appreciated by the parents and my colleagues, which was such a great feeling.’

His tutor at the University, Gilly Robbins, was also overjoyed at the news. She said, ‘Matt is an inspiring and dedicated teacher of the highest quality. I am delighted that he should receive this award - it is well deserved and the primary team who had the privilege of teaching him are all very proud of him.’

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